George Joseph, executive director of administrative services for the Worthington schools, is one of the leading candidates to become the next superintendent of the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools.

George Joseph, executive director of administrative services for the Worthington schools, is one of the leading candidates to become the next superintendent of the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools.

Joseph was one of six candidates scheduled to be interviewed this week, according to Gahanna-Jefferson treasurer Julio Valladares.

"Gahanna-Jefferson is an outstanding district in central Ohio; it has very high student achievement," Joseph said. "I am fortunate to be chosen to interview."

Joseph was one of at least 20 who had applied to succeed Mark White, who on Jan. 24 announced his resignation, effective July 31.

Joseph has been with the Worthington City Schools since 2003, when he was hired as principal of Colonial Hills Elementary School.

In 2007, he moved to Thomas Worthington High School, where he was assistant principal for two years.

He moved to the central-office administrative position in 2009.

Joseph was a teacher for 13 years, beginning his career in Millard, Neb., in 1980. He was a teacher and administrator in the Solon and Orange school districts in Ohio prior to coming to Worthington.

"My long-term goal has been to become a superintendent," Joseph said.

Other candidates for the Gahanna position who were scheduled to interview this week are:

• Robert Britton, superintendent of Ridgedale Local Schools.

• James Grube, superintendent of Buckeye Valley Local Schools.

• John Kellogg, assistant superintendent of curriculum of South-Western City Schools.

• Francis Robert Scruci, superintendent of Burke County (North Carolina) Public Schools.

• Michael Zalar, superintendent of Oregon (Ohio) City Schools.

Board action to hire a new superintendent tentatively is scheduled for May 21.